Operational data acquisition and Internet presentation of marine environmental data from ships of opportunity and fixed monitoring stations
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Since 1935 Institute of Marine Research (IMR) in Bergen has run an operational system for acquisition of temperature and salinity data from passenger and cargo lines operating in the North Sea and on the Norwegian coast and from fixed hydrographic monitoring stations on the Norwegian coast. Presently temperature and salinity data from three ships of opportunity and temperature I salinity profiles from eight hydrographic stations are regulary collected and transmitted to IMR for quality check, processing,automatic loading into a database and immediate presentation on Internet. The acquired information is used for climatic references, short and long term climatic forecasting, location planning,remote sensor calibration and ge ral information to the public. ? The paper describes history, instrumentation strategy ,IMR's data quality procedures for operational data and how the data are presented on Internet. Plans for future development based on more sensors and two way satellite communication are also described.
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